The Stanford Men’s basketball team is coming off a hard-fought loss to the Arizona Wildcats on Wednesday night to take on the Arizona State in Tempe. The Stanford Cardinal hope to avoid a sweep on their Arizona trip and prevent their record dropping below .500 on the season.
The Arizona State Sun Devils are coming off a dreadful offensive performance in a loss to the California Golden Bears Wednesday night dropping their record to 11-14 on the season. The Sun Devils are attempting to overcome some major hurdles including a dramatic lack of depth particularly with big men inside, and a grueling schedule as Stanford will be ASU’s 4th game in about 10 days. Expect the big men on the Stanford basketball roster like Reid Travis, Michael Humphrey, and Josh Sharma to have major impacts on Saturday
The Golden Bears used a zone defense that stifled the Devils offense to the tune of just 43 points on Wednesday but ASU has struggled greatly against 2-3 zones all season long. Do not be surprised if Stanford employs zone defense on Saturday night to capitalize upon this glaring ASU weakness.
At this time last season the Cardinal were in about the same position with an 11-11 record and a similar strength of schedule. Stanford basketball of course was blown out of the Pac-12 Conference Tournament last year by the Washington Huskies and failed to make the NCAA Tournament and the NIT. Stanford basketball coach Jerod Haase, however, has plenty of elite but young talent to work with and develop for the future with Stanford basketball recruiting drawing in plenty of top recruits in the last couple of years.
The current Stanford basketball roster has 7 players who were 4-star recruits coming out of high school that are sophomores or younger this year in terms of eligibility. Add on top of that a 4-star SF senior Kezie Okpala has signed his letter of intent with Stanford and current Juniors Dorian Pickens and Michael Humphrey who were both 4-star recruits coming out of high school could stick around this team could potentially have 10 blue-chip recruits on the roster for 2017-18.
Game info is below:
Stanford basketball record: 12-12 (4-8 conference) at Arizona State Sun Devils 11-14 (4-8 conference)
How to Watch:
Start Time: Saturday, February 11, 5:00 p.m. PST
Location: Wells Fargo Arena Tempe — Tempe, Arizona
Radio: Tune In
Television: Pac-12 Network
Live Streaming: Pac-12 Networks Live